Midgets lose by a kick in OT
ORANGE CITY – Oh for a simple extra point!
In a game featuring four missed extra point tries, the team that converted first came out on the winning side.
Unfortunately for Midget fans, it wasn’t Estherville Lincoln Central.
After getting two chances to take the lead late in the fourth quarter with an extra point, MOC-Floyd Valley converted its third extra-point attempt in overtime to steal a 13-12 win.
“We came out flat and played that way all night,” said ELC coach Jerry Shultz. “I told the kids it’d catch up with us and that’s what happened tonight.”
ELC’s scoring chances were limited in the first half.
The best chance came when Jeremy Hunt recovered a fumble in the first half, but penalties stalled that opportunity.
Late in the third quarter, ELC recovered another fumble to get good field position. This time, the Midgets took advantage as Alex Arends connected with Joel Christensen on a 37-yard strike. Cody Baker’s extra point kick was no good.
ELC had a chance to seal the win late in the fourth quarter, but failed to convert a fourth -and-one.
“We just had no push up front,” said Shultz.
Moments later the Dutch’s Daniel Locker found a seam and went 58-yards for the score with under 2 minutes left in the game.
MOC-Floyd Valley’s kicker missed his first extra point attempt, but got another chance when ELC was penalized for too many players on the field. The second kick also missed.
In overtime, ELC got the ball at the 10-yard line first and Arends connected with Hunt on the first play, who spun into the endzone. This time, the Dutch blocked the extra-point try.
MOC-Floyd Valley responded scoring on their second play of overtime on a pass.
“We weren’t covering their outs and we can only get lucky so many times,” said Shultz.
This time, the Dutch converted the kick to pull out the win.
ELC’s rushing offense was also limited to just 80 yards. The Dutch held Jordan Eggers to just 59 yards on 17 attempts.
Arends was 5-13 passing for 100 yards and two touchdowns.
Hunt had two catches for 18 yards and Chance Moore had two catches for 45 yards.